Hwang Hee-chan (26), who is active in the English Premier League (EPL) Wolverhampton, led the topic by showing a full of ‘root’ during the Lunar New Year holiday. Fans are also cheering for Hwang Hee-chan.
Hwang Hee-chan started on the 22nd in the 2022-2023 EPL round 21 away match against Manchester City, second in the league, and was replaced after playing 45 minutes in the first half. Although the team lost 0-3, it was regrettable, but the jacket Hwang Hee-chan wore in the match attracted attention regardless of the match.
Wolverhampton is owned by China’s Fuxing Group. As much as that, the influence related to China is strong. Ahead of the Manchester City game, jackets with a picture of a rabbit were given to the team in time for the Lunar New Year in Korea and the Chinese New Year. In fact, it was to celebrate the Chinese New Year.
The Wolverhampton players who came out on the ground had Chinese characters and Chinese greetings written on their backs.
However, Hwang Hee-chan came out alone wearing a jacket with the name ‘Hangeul’ written on it. Hwang Hee-chan posted this on his Instagram, posting a message and a picture of her ‘Hangeul’. Although the club focused on the Chinese New Year, saying it was a ‘Chinese New Year’, Hwang Hee-chan appeared with a Korean name and kept her pride.
The debate over the New Year’s Day and the Spring Festival is a sensitive issue. It is mainly a controversy over the ‘Chinese Year (中國年·Chinese New Year, or Chunje·春節)’, which means New Year’s Day in China, and the ‘Lunar New Year’, which Korea and most countries call. As China’s influence on the international stage grows stronger, the controversy is getting worse. Following China’s Northeast Project, it cannot be regarded as a small matter in Korea, which is also affected by holidays such as New Year’s Day and cultural fairs such as hanbok and kimchi. Hwang Hee-chan did not lose his pride as a member of the Korean national team in the ongoing war of nerves between Korea and China.
This upright belief of Hwang Hee-chan has been going on since before. Good deeds such as donations are also noticeable. After the 2022 Qatar World Cup, Hwang Hee-chan donated 200 pieces of padding worth 30 million won to a total of 3 institutions through the Support Center for the Elderly Living Alone and 6 institutions through the Green Umbrella Children’s Foundation. She also donated a total of 40 million won to global NGOs such as Good Neighbors, along with national representatives born in 1996, such as Kim Min-jae, Baek Seung-ho, and Hwang In-beom.
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